Sounds R Us continues its Muzika series with another round of top notch cuts. Volume 9 brings together four debutants to SRUR with each bringing a multitude of experience covering many years in the industry. Another fine collection for your crates you will not want to miss.
First up we have the first of two tracks from Ricardo Espino with Golden Room. Ricardo has been producing professionally since 2009 and has found his work on over 50 different labels in that time. He boasts a great talent for diversity in his music, at the moment he is firmly rooted to tech house and house with the propensity to change things up when required. The intro boasts a classic chunky kick and hat combo that really sets the rhythm loose early on. A very cool vocal sample plays out in the background as various percussion begin to fill the space. Cool rising FX take us into the main groove where a deep throbbing bass commands and takes centre stage. The bass produces a fantastic groove that will get the floors pumping for sure. A real nice slice of techno with a smooth dusting of soul thrown in, a must have.
Next up we have another track from Ricardo Espino and this time he joins forces with DJ Ferry on the track Laspus. DJ Ferry is a highly regarded artist having plied his trade in Tehran and further afield. 2009 saw his first release on remix duty as his moniker Dented Minds for the BluFin Records track Namtrak – Uprising. Since then he has released on several labels worldwide and brings his unique blend with each recording. Laspus intros with that all familiar punchy kick and bright hats combo that is a gift to DJ’s. In the background rolling percussions ramp up the groove and gets the feet tapping. Cool vocal samples blend in nicely in the background and bring an upbeat vibe. A superb pulsating bass takes over the track will definitely give the bassbins a hard time. As the track progresses various rising FX bring us into a new layer. A fantastic slice of tech house that will do very well on floors all over.
Newmanhere is up next with his track Raspberry. This guy has achieved a lot in a relatively short space of time. His first release came at the start of 2013 on Avenue Records with the Safari EP. This EP gained him world recognition and the track was snapped up and played by top jocks. Since then this guy just hasn’t stopped with a plethora of releases across many labels as well as multiple appearances on compilations. One to watch for the future here. Raspberry intros with a beautifully raw and organic flavour as tribalistic drums sit over some cleverly filtered FX before a superb big chunky kick is introduced alongside a fathomless bass that seems to hover in just the right spot. All the while a hypnotic chant goes off in the background which adds huge character to the track and reinforces its tribal roots. This one is epic and will no doubt see a lot of airtime.
Rounding off this wonderful collection is our final debutant Kevin Es with Concern. Kevin is a relative newcomer to production in general and had his first release back in October 2014 on Kaleydo Beats with Push You Down. We are sure there will be a lot more from this guy in the future so stay tuned. The track goes straight in for the jugular as a tough edged bass pounds alongside a punchy kick and some very crisp claps. Cool percussion patterns bring a rhythmic flow to the sound which becomes much more enhanced as the layers build. Various FX filter through and a brilliant vocal sample keeps us guessing for the duration. A top notch track with a relentless groove that will definitely keep the floors rocking no doubt.
Our next SRUR release comes from the masterful Ozan Kanik with Adults Only and comes backed up with a superb remix from Gforty.
The Original Mix intros with a massive punchy kick with subtle hats keeping the rhythms flowing. Ozan definitely had Techno in mind with this one as the monster bass will testify, the bass dominates throughout with a merciless pulsating groove that will knock you off your feet. The break is even less forgiving as a cool percussion sequence comes into play as the bass thunders on. A monster sound that will feature on many sets for sure.
Gforty takes the bull by the horns and turns out an absolute stomper. Bug chunky kicks and deep throbbing basses take the track to full effect from the off. A very cool hat sequence brings a strong rhythmic section that keeps the track flowing alongside some cool vocal samples. A top notch cut destined for those darker techno rooms.
Gunther Robles returns to SRUR with the superb two tracker Secret Annexe EP. Gunther last appeared on remix duties for Gforty’s Sinful Soul EP and since then he has racked up a few of his own originals and remixes. Delighted to see him back at the helm for his full SRUR release.
First up we have Secret Annexe with its melancholic, dark tones which are manifested through a deep bass hit and low end chunky kicks. Cool percussions sit back before coming to the fore with crispy sharp hats and snappy claps. Synth pads start to rise as a prominent plucky bass takes centre stage with its acidic undertones. Those acid tones start to evolve and draw you into its grasp for the duration. Wonderful deep tech sounds that will no doubt be a feature in many sets.
The Raven goes right into full on mode from the off as punchy kicks are joined by rising pads and a deep sub bass alongside a plucked bass. The rhythm starts to boil as cool percussions are added to the mix. Manic arps that seem in disarray come to the fore and soon level out in intricate patterns that work so well. The track breaks with a dominate pad sequence to the backdrop of cool raven calls before we are thrust back into the full swing of the groove. Top notch stuff from Gunther that is not to be missed.
The Muzika series continues to gather pace with this its eighth instalment. Four top class cuts from SRUR debutants Juciff & T-Bars as well as some familiar faces including, Mariano Santos, Ozgar Uzur and Rajiv Jay.
First up we have Ozgur Uzar who we last saw on remix duty for Fabian Jakopetz & Dub Way – Mellow Mode way back in 2012. Here he lashes copious amounts of bass onto our senses with the highly impressive Memento. Upbeat grooves are the order right from the off a punchy kicks are met with a round of superbly rhythmic percussions. That huge bass sound produces a massive punch right into your midriff where it lingers for you to savour. Various drum elements pop up throughout the arrangement. The track goes deep on the break with a lush and intense pad alongside a sultry vocal before we are slammed right back into the main groove, big dancefloor hitter here.
Next up we have Mariano Santos with The Memory House. Mariano is no stranger to SRUR having been studio partner with label boss Oz Romita on their Together EP and with Ozan Kanik on their 2013 track Family Love EP. Here Mariano gets the grooves flowing with a tight arrangement from the off as attacking kicks are joined by a beautifully constructed percussion section. A deep rolling bass sits in the background with brilliantly tweaked vocal samples coming through. The break offers of squeaky synth hits as this techno monster takes control, top notch stuff.
Juciff & T-Bars are up next with their deep grooving cut entitled Tek. Juciff has been around SRUR previously with his remix on Alessan Main’s track Storm which appeared on Muzika Volume 4. T-Bars marks his debut appearance here but he has worked with the likes of Alessan, Juciff and Daniele Kama who are no strangers to SRUR and Bonzai. The track oozes dark techy vibes with the intro providing a cool punchy, clicky kick alongside a sharp hat. Dark atmospherics play out in the background with the bass sitting menacingly on the edge as it rumbles through the sound. A relentless monster of a track that will suit any set in those darkened late night rooms.
Rajiv Jay returns to SRUR with Big Guys. Rajiv is fresh off the back of his debut track Lovers which was very well received indeed. Here he takes a dark tone with a wonderfully long decay on the kicks that gives a oomph to the sound. Perfectly tuned hats sit beautifully in the solid percussion arrangement which provides a brilliant rhythmic flow. The bassline is monstrous as it throbs with the beat to the backdrop of sinister sounding vocals. Beautifully tweaked and tightly packed grooves for the darker more serious floors out there, not to be missed.
Rajiv Jay makes his SRUR debut with this brilliant three tracker, Lovers EP. Hailing out of the Netherlands this DJ and producer loves to delve into upbeat sounds through to techno and tech house. In 2013 he started his own parties called tech.fabrik in Hoofddorp where he is able to showcase his skills. Now producing he feels proud to deliver his works to the dance floor, we have no doubt these will be well received.
First up is Strangers with its percussion fuelled intro that is soon joined by a chunky kick and throbbing bass combi. Steady rhythms will keep the floors moving as quirky vocals begin to filter through. The break keeps the vibe going with cool modulations on the drums and bass. A brilliant bouncy tune for the floors and a definite must.
Freaks intros with a heavy kick and sharp hat combi as percussions are filtered through. A classy strolling bassline ensues and the tech begins to flow out of the sound beautifully. The drum arrangements are top notch as varying patterns etch out cool rhythms. Short vocal samples add textures and on the break the track transforms into a sublime techno workout with superb keys, before slamming right back into full swing, excellent stuff.
Lovers goes into full on tech mode, big phat kicks are joined by a myriad of hats and cymbals as a fantastic throbbing bassline sets the mood. The arrangement gathers pace with the addition of layered percussions and well crafted FX. On the breaks we are exposed to a sublime detuned piano sequence that gives the track its true tech roots before we are thrust right back into full on mode after a heavy build up for the duration, top notch debut from Rajiv.
While most of our posse is present at ADE every year we’ve never really showcased any of the new generation labels and artists that currently reside under Bonzai’s wings.
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Chrono aka Zoltan Salai returns to SRUR after a short hiatus with his ten track album entitled ‘Pantihouse’. We last saw Chrono with his collaboration with studio partner Ascaloon and their ‘Balkan Express EP’. Zoltan began his musical journey at an early age with DJing being his big focus with many gigs all over the country. He soon met up with Otto (Ascaloon) and they began to organise parties all over Serbia and they were tagged as the “new generation”, like his friend he soon found himself on the producing side and the results speak for themselves.
The album kicks off with ‘Blues feeling’ which intros with a solid, thumping kick complete with sharp hats. A strong plucky bass is unleashed alongside a brilliantly tweaked blues style vocal. Silky smooth deep vibes and the perfect intro for this sublime journey.
Next up we have the Deep Version of ‘Rail Road’ that starts life with a rhythmic percussion arrangement before a well rounded kick sets the track off. The bassline is introduced soon after and gives the sound a cool bounce to dance to. Deep house styled chords come through alongside a round of silky keys and a smooth female vocal snippet. Perfect fodder for any deeper set.
‘Flight’ continues this journey into deep tech with a very cool percussive intro with a few bass shots thrown in. We gather pace as a pumping kick enters the fray and sets the mood perfectly. A very subtle yet hugely effective deep bass pulsates through the sound as expert FX work creates varying textures along with vocal samples thrown in. Superb stuff!
Next up we have ‘Mother Road’ which stays true to the albums theme, very percussive intro that leads into a powerful stomping kick. The vocal samples are outstanding a give the track great character while a myriad of drums provide solid rhythms for the dancing feet. An infectious deep and low bass sends reverberations through the sound as the layers continue to form. Surreal atmospheres are apparent as the contrast between the basses, chords and vocal blend beautifully.
‘Shake That Ass’ goes for an all out club fuelled dance tune. Nice chunky kicks and crispy percs provide the rhythms for this pumped up deep house groove. Bright chords keep the groove flowing while the long released bass will force you to shake it. The track is complimented with an upbeat ‘shake that ass’ vocal. A definite must on those bouncier floors!
‘Slim Fit’ takes us further into tech with a cool punchy kick and sharp percussion intro which leads into a lush piano chord. Surreal sweeping pads fade through alongside some vocal samples and lead up to a smooth bit of piano play. The bass takes the track deeper as it throbs throughout the groove and is joined by a grittier companion. Stark contrasts abound here and they come together beautifully.
The Original Mix of ‘Rail Road’ sets off in classic style with cool percussions and a nice phat kick combi. The bass takes control of the track early on and dominates throughout as it wields its powerful sub sounds that will no doubt have the speakers rocking. The vocal comes in nicely and is joined by some very cool keys that give the track a dynamic edge and one that will no doubt feature in many sets.
‘Train Signal’ brings us a perfectly arranged party tune for the floors. A cool and fun bassline pulsates through the sound and will have the party people jumping for sure. An element of funk comes through in a delicious sax riff while the drum arrangements deliver a solid rhythmic workout with an offset synth adding an extra bounce to the sound. Again we see some very cool vocal samples used which really set the track up nicely and makes this a must for any box this summer.
‘Wildlife’ takes us deeper still with a fantastic low end bass doing most of the work. Tightly arranged patterns dish out smooth rhythmic vibes giving this track a big dance factor. Aside from the bass we are treated to a brilliant display of keys that give the sound a beautiful deep house groove. Lots going on here and is definitely not to be missed.
We end this sublime album with ‘Pantihouse’, slightly more laid back due to the slower BPM’s, but still packing a huge punch. Chunky kicks and sharp, crisp percussion keep the rhythms flowing as a deep throbbing bass dominates the track. The vocal sample arrangements are spot on and blend superbly with the short synth shots. The perfect ending to this journey through deep techy house and will be a definite must for you collection!
SRUR’s Muzika series is back with Volume 7. This series has been gaining lots of momentum as label boss Oz Romita continues to source only the finest cuts for inclusion. As we’ve come to expect we see four more top drawer artists deliver four stunning tracks.
First up we have Ozan Kanik & Harun Karabulut that join forces once again to bring ‘Yavas Yavas’ to life. Nice big phat kicks get the track moving with an expertly crafted percussion arrangement getting the rhythm flowing. Cool vocal samples are the perfect addition to the sound as our sense are raided by the organic vibe coming through. Quite a minimal groove with a massive punch, the detail shown in the various FX and sounds is stunning making this a must have track for sure.
Then comes ‘Badub’ from Davide Marchesiello. The track intros with a cool deep bass filled vibe, punchy kicks blend beautifully with the bass as percussions skip along adding rhythmic grooves. The FX work comes through brilliantly and adds smooth textures to the groove. Cool new patterns can be found throughout as the arrangement lets loose on the percussions. Very well crafted sound here and perfect ammo for the darker rooms.
Manoah delivers the sublime ‘Onduidelijk’. A very subtle intro with the kicks holding off on the punch and soft hats that create a cool vibe. Before long we are thrust into the main track as a deep bass comes through and forms the main focus of the track. On the break cool atmospheres are created as the track breaks down to just a simple yet effective percussion line and some cool FX that give an urban feel. A truly dark journey that will sit well in those dark sets, no doubt.
Kendrick is up next with his track ‘Get Up’. Nice and smooth percussion intro that builds to a full on kick that dominates the sound. Cool vocal samples pop up throughout and give character to the sound. A throbbing bass soon commands authority as the track settles into a steady flowing rhythm. The drum arrangement takes centre stage at the break with more intricate patterns forming up beside a classy piano stab before slamming right back into the main groove. Brilliant stuff.
German native, Belgium based DJ and producer Cihan Mareno debuts on SRUR with a classy two tracker entitled ‘Forward EP’. Cihan has a rich heritage which he applies to his DJing and music production. This diverse approach has seen Cihan gain huge support from around the world with releases on Kaapro Records, Soulman Music, Tulipe Records and Dark Pleasure Records to name just a few. He has played at top venues across the world and this comes a no surprise given the quality he has to offer.
First up we have ‘Forward’ with its muted kick intro that soon blasts off with monster kick that dominates throughout. Percussions build steadily into cool rhythmic patterns and the first break brings with it a very cool and gritty synth backed up with metallic sounding FX. The bass rumbles from below and takes the groove to the next level. The main break reveals more of that grainy synth line as smooth and steady tech grooves keep those dancing feet moving all night, top notch stuff!
‘Rouge’ takes off with a cool percussion led intro before a big chunky kick comes into play. Nice tight arrangement on the drums give off a flowing rhythm and on the first break we get a cool vocal sample coming through as the track enters the next stage. The bass thunders by and will give sub woofers a run for their money. Cool intricate patterns are formed within the percussions and FX while the main break gives us a respite before that monster kick and bass combo comes flooding back, superb!
Dany Cohiba is back at SRUR with his superb track ‘Liquid Cha’ which comes backed up with two stunning remixes.
The Original Mix gets us moving with cool, flowing intro as the kicks and percussion etch out a solid rhythmic patter. A deep bass enters the fray and just sits back perfectly allowing the track to flow while a fantastic retro themed tube sound takes full focus. A typically infectious record from Dany and one that will no doubt get a lot of attention.
SRUR’s own Ozan Kanik is up first with his superb remix. Nice and steady intro with percussions doing all the work before a truly massive kick and phat bass combi take over the sound. Proper full flowing Techno grooves on this one and full of energy to boot. The break adds in some cool FX and a fantastic display of drum arrangement. The tube sound from the original makes a showing and has a stunning impact on the groove. Definitely one to watch here!
JPhilipps & Rod B. debut on SRUR with an absolute stomper of a remix. The guys dig deep and bring out a stunning display of Techno grooves. The remix intros with a smooth bass sound and a nice punchy kick on top. A deeper more tweaked bassline is introduced and a very cool array of percussions give the track a rhythmic vibe. A perfect addition to those deeper Tech sets that is not to be missed.